[Coral-List] Gerard (Jerry) Wellington (1948 - 2014)

Liz Schotman lizms2 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 14 12:33:34 EDT 2014

Jerry's daughter is a good friend of mine, so if anybody has additional
words, please send them to me so I can pass them to her. Thank you.

On Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 4:34 PM, Grottoli, Andrea <grottoli.1 at osu.edu>wrote:

> Dear Colleagues:
> Gerard (Jerry) Wellington passed away on 11 March 2014 after 14 years with
> Alzheimer's.  Jerry received his PhD from the University of California,
> Santa Barbara in 1981, and was on the faculty at the University of Houston
> for 24 years where he taught courses in Ecology, Marine Biology, and
> Invertebrate Zoology. He also served on the Editorial Board of the journal
> Coral Reefs, and was a trusted Advisor to the Charles Darwin Foundation for
> many years. Jerry leaves behind a rich legacy in coral reef science.  Over
> his career, he published numerous journal articles on various topics of
> coral reef ecology, paleoceanography, and fish ecology.   He was at his
> most enthusiastic on the reef SCUBA diving and exploring the natural world.
>  He was a dedicated teacher, touched the lives of thousands of school
> children through his participation in the Jason Project, and was a
> free-spirited mentor to his graduate students.  His numerous graduate
> students continue his legacy through their current research in marine
> science.  Jerry was especially devoted to issues of marine conservation in
> the Galapagos Islands.  One of his proudest achievements was his 1983 book
> on the "Corals and Coral Reefs of the Galapagos Islands" that he published
> in collaboration with his mentor and friend, Peter Glynn. He is survived by
> his wife Patricia, and two daughters Simone and Katie.  The family has
> requested that no flowers be sent but that instead contributions in Jerry's
> name be made to the Charles Darwin Foundation (
> http://www.darwinfoundation.org/) or the Alzheimer's of America
> Foundation (http://www.alzfdn.org<http://www.alzfdn.org/>).
> -Andrea Grottoli, Danny Gleason, Andy Hooten
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Liz Schotman

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